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Why Should I Apply for the FBA Internship?

The Family Owned Business Alliance Internship Program is a brand new program that allows students to get intern with family businesses in West Michigan. Student interns have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community, while also being challenged in a rewarding work environment. This unique and diverse program gives students an original experience that will help them succeed in the area of study that they love.

  • Internships are rapidly becoming a differentiator for a student’s employ-ability.
  • Students have an opportunity to "try out" a career choice, as well as experience points of differentiation of corporate culture within a family owned business.
  • Access to business owners and other family business interns for discussion of topics ranging from stock ownership to management transitions.
  • Intern in a company where the owner, an FBA member, is the driving force behind the company’s participation in an internship program.
  • An incredible opportunity to see your own family’s business with a new perspective.
  • Students gain a realistic viewpoint of the working world.
  • Allow students to apply classroom theory to actual work situations.
  • Students build upon their skills through practice,allowing them to learn from more experienced individuals in their chosen career path.
  • Students enrolled in internship programs show increased academic performance and a 20% greater graduation rate (data from West Michigan Strategic Alliance).

How to Apply

Applicants must be a college student and between the ages of 18 and 25 and members of the FBA.

Please send a resume and cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The cover letter should include what you want out of the Next Generation Internship Program.

After your resume has been received, you will be contacted with more information about the program and the opportunities available. At that time, you will be able to select the internship for which you would like to apply and contact the company directly.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to

Ellie Frey Zagel, Director
Family Business Alliance
111 Pearl Street, SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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(616) 771-0574 Direct